November 2019 Newsletter


News of the past month and what’s ahead
In this edition:

  • Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
  • Upcoming Webinar: December 10th
  • Trail Town Program Survey Due December 6th
  • PNTS Relaunching Volunteer Coordinator Working Group: December 17th
  • Fall Issue of Pathways Across America
  • Save the Date for Hike the Hill: February 8-13, 2020
  • National Trails Workshops Announced: May and October 2020
  • Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
  • Show Your Support for National Trails on Giving Tuesday: December 3rd

Congressional and LWCF Update

In early November, the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill, which provides $465 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This amount is only $15 million more than was appropriated for FY 2019 and is considerably less than the $524 million for LWCF provided in the FY 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill passed by the House in mid-June. The FY 2020 Senate Interior Appropriations Bill also provides different amounts of money to fund the operations of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service than provided by the House Bill. The differences between the Senate and House bills will be reconciled by a Conference Committee later this year. Meanwhile, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up and voted for passage of the LWCF Permanent Funding Act S.1081. This bill and the companion House bill — H.R.3195 — require annual appropriation of the full $900 million authorized for the LWCF. S.1081 is cosponsored by 50 Senators and H.R.3195 now has 233 cosponsors. With both bills voted out of committee, work is underway to bring them to a vote in the House and Senate.

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Upcoming Webinar

Title: Successful Volunteer Recruiting
Presenter: Katie Currier, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards; Alivia Acosta, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Ken Norden, U.S. Forest Service; Kellie Flowers, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 10th at 3PM EST
Overview: Volunteers play a vital role in the stewardship of our public lands but recruitment of these volunteers can be time consuming and challenging. Learn about the challenges, strategies and success stories of volunteer recruitment from other stewardship professionals across the country. Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

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Photo Credit: Megan Wargo, PCTA

Trail Town Survey by Dec. 6

As part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) is producing a series of case studies to support the awareness and understanding of the national trails. The next topic PNTS intends to explore is how national trail organizations collaborate and connect with local communities through their Trail Town/Gateway Community or similar programs. Please complete this short 7-question survey on behalf of your trail organization to help PNTS refine the scope of this case study by Friday, December 6.

Click Here To Take The Survey

Photo Credit: Jacob Torres

Volunteer Working Group

You’re invited to join a session of the PNTS Volunteer Coordinator Working Group on Tuesday, December 17th at 4PM EST. This relaunch of the working group will also include a “tour” of Arizona Trail Association’s new volunteer management tool, Galaxy Get Connected. As we reinvigorate this group, we also hope that you’ll provide your input on your needs and availability for planning future sessions.

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Fall Issue of Pathways

In our Fall 2019 magazine, the Partnership shares initiatives to preserve critical resources and close gapsalong national scenic and historic trails, including updates on the Gap Analysis and Action Plan. Our cover photo accompanies an article about the “Faces of the Continental Divide” storytelling effort. This issue also celebrates the recent completion of two Collaborative Landscape Planning projects: Fones Cliffs near the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and another detailed in our recently published case study, “Saving Land on the Trinity Divide: A Pacific Crest Trail Success Story.” We highlight several comings and goings in the National Trails System, the Arizona Trail’s management strategies for a changing climate, and more.

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Save the Date for Hike the Hill

Mark your calendars: Hike the Hill®, a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trails System and the American Hiking Society, will take place in Washington, D.C. from February 8-13, 2020. The Washington Plaza Hotel in northwest D.C. will once again serve as the Hike the Hill® headquarters hotel. We have negotiated reasonable rates for this area and have streamlined the reservation procedure for your convenience. Check our website for more information to come later in December.



2020 National Trails Workshops

Join fellow staff, volunteers, and agency partners for the 2020 National Trails Workshops (previously scenic and historic trail workshops) to be held at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, May 18-21, hosted by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and in Morganton, North Carolina, October 26-30, hosted by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. Topics may include trail and corridor protection and management, field program administration, organization development, JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) practices, and community outreach. Additional information will be coming soon to this webpage.

Please note: Although they may be hosted by a scenic or historic trail, both workshops are open to anyone within our trails community who finds the content relevant.   

Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities 

AHS NextGen Trail Leaders

American Hiking Society (AHS) is looking for rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across the country (ages 18-40) to join AHS for a year of advocacy and stewardship opportunities through its 2020 NextGen Trail Leaders class. The program includes a trip to Hike the Hill in Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 6th

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Wildland Ecosystem Grants

Temper of The Times Foundation is accepting applications for its Wildland Ecosystem Grants. Awards are typically between $5,000 and $15,000 and are for projects that seek to make measurable improvements to wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 16th

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Safe Routes Partnership

Safe Routes to Parks is looking to help get your community to parks in a better and safer manner. Grantee communities of the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program will work with Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff to develop action plans aimed at improving safe, equitable access to local parks in their communities.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 16th

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Environmental Education Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency has opened an application pool to support “locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues.” These grants aim to help teach audiences the skills needed to make educated choices for a healthy environment in their lives.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 6th

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Upcoming Events:

Hike the Hill 2020 • February 8-13, 2020
35th Annual Corps Network National Conference • February 9-12, 2020
Oregon-California Trails Association Symposium • February 21-23, 2020
Professional Trail Builders Association Sustainable Trails Conference • March 15-21, 2020
PAEE/PRPS Joint Conference and Expo • March 17-20, 2020
Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference • April 23-26, 2020
American Planning Association National Planning Conference • April 25-28, 2020
SORP National Outdoor Recreation Conference • April 27-30, 2020
National Trails Workshop – New Mexico • May 18-21, 2020
National Trails Workshop – North Carolina • October 26-30, 2020
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In The News:

Senate takes first step in advancing two new bills to fund our public lands
New 7.5 mile OVNHT segment wraps around Lake Whelchel
NSHT IAM: A method for capturing trail resources, qualities, values, and settings
Agents of Discovery: App engages youth along historic trails in Bitterroot
Great American Rail-Trail would intersect a dozen national scenic and historic trails
Hiking to a Crown: Veteran becomes first African American male to earn exclusive honor
The keys to making ambitious trail partnerships work
Report: River Access Planning Guide from NPS and partners
Report: Continental Divide Trail Coalition Small Business Survey

Job Postings:

Trail Inventory Data Collection Intern • American Conservation Experience
Trail Field Manager • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Trail Specialist • Pisgah Conservancy
Field Coordinator • Rocky Mountain Conservancy
Traveling Trainers • Subaru/Leave No Trace
Trail Operations Manager • Tahoe Rim Trail Association
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